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A television camera operator mounts a satellite dish on top of a van outside the Swiftair offices in Madrid, Spain.

France: Air Algerie Flight Vanishes Over N. Mali

INTERNATIONAL | By Aomar Ouali | Thursday Jul 24, 2014
An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso.

Arguments Set in Challenge to Alaska's Gay Marriage Ban

NATIONAL | Jul 24
Arguments are scheduled for October in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage.

NY Agencies Collecting More Gender Data

NATIONAL | Jul 24
State agencies have begun adding gender identity to their data collection, part of an effort Gov. Andrew Cuomo said will help the state better meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender New Yorkers.

Attorney Mari Newman, center, talks with members of the media, as she stands with her plaintiffs and their supporters following a court hearing on sam sex marriage at the Federal District Court, in Denver.

Colorado Gay Marriage Ban Struck, Appeal Awaits

NATIONAL | Jul 24
For years, gay rights activists in Colorado repeatedly said it would only be a matter of time before they would be allowed to marry.

Eric Stonestreet

'Modern Family' Star: Acceptance Will Grow for Gay Athletes

CELEBRITIES | By John Carucci | Jul 24
Actor Eric Stonestreet predicts that one day, it's not going to take an act of courage for an openly gay person to play in the NFL.

Vice President Joe Biden, right, shakes hands with NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks.

Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Address

POLITICS | Jul 24
Vice President Joe Biden urged the NAACP on Wednesday to spread the word about what he called "a hailstorm" of measures to restrict citizens' ability to vote, trying to rally the Democratic Party's base before the midterm elections.

Smoking is Even Worse For HIV-Positive People

AIDS | By Sasha Razumikhin | Jul 24
Smoking is bad. But it can be worse, especially if you're HIV-positive - and the CDC wants you to know it.

Historic Footage :: Happy 200th Birthday, Verdi

MUSIC | Jul 24
A 1987 60 Minutes report on opera composer Giuseppe Verdi's legacy.

Opera for Broadway-Lovers?

CULTURE | Jul 24
Director Michael Mayer adds Broadway flair to the Metropolitan Opera's production of "Rigoletto"

Kim Kardashian

Oops! EPA Goes Off Topic, Tweets About Kardashian

PERSONAL TECH | Jul 24
The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of pop culture, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

Detroit retiree William Davis protests near the federal courthouse in Detroit.

Bond Insurers Vow to Fight Detroit Financial Plan

LEGAL | Jul 24
Companies that insure Detroit's bonds are repeating their pledge to aggressively challenge the city's plan to get out of bankruptcy. Results released Monday night show city workers and retirees voted in favor of pension cuts.